VG6 Gamma 556 Muzzle Brake Review (This Thing Works Great)

Compensators help negotiate muzzle life. Muzzle brakes take the “kick” away from the gun. The VG6 Gamma 556 muzzle brake does both, making it a combination device that’s perfect for people who want both aspects. The VG6 Gamma 556 muzzle brake will both help reduce muzzle lift while also toning down the amount of felt recoil a shooter experiences.

The VG6 Gamma 556 muzzle brake, technically, is a compensating muzzle brake.

A muzzle brake is designed to go on your rifle’s end where typically, a standard flash hider is screwed on by default (not always, but this is rather common). If you don’t understand the science behind all of this, take a look at my flash hiders vs. compensators vs. muzzle brakes guide.

VG6 Gamma 556 Review

  • Length: 1.75 inches
  • Diameter: .86 inches
  • Weight: .13 lbs
  • Material: stainless steel (treated with heat), finished using BLACKNITRIDE
  • Caliber: built for 5.56, .223, or .224 valkyrie. See my 5.56 vs. .223 ammo guide.
  • Threads:¬†1/2-28 RH
  • Comes With a crush washer that must be used when installed.

First and foremost, the VG6 Gamma 556 muzzle brake does a good job in both its compensator and muzzle brake roles.

The VG6 Gamma 556 brake uses a 2-chamber style brake is incredibly effective at displacing gas pressure and lowering overall recoil.

The slits on the top of the VG6 Gamma 556 do a great job at reducing barrel rise.

There are some holes used to balance out the way the gas exits the barrel, as well, to help smooth out the overall firing experience.

For a hybrid, such as the VG6 Gamma to be effective, it must negotiate both barrel rise and recoil.

The weight of the VG6 Gamma being just at 2 ounces means you don’t have unnecessary weight bogging down the front end (critical point) of your barrel.

VG6 Gamma Compensation Is Awesome

The compensation that negotiates the barrel rise is phenomenal. After installing a VG6 Gamma brake, you aren’t likely to get more than an inch worth of rising in your barrel. This will result in faster target acquisition following shots. It will result in an overall faster shooting experience.

Technically, your barrel will move, but you aren’t likely to notice much of that movement.

VG6 Gamma – Huge Side Blast

The VG6 Gamma’s compensation is awesome, but it comes at a price. It has a lot of side blast associated with it. This is something you should always expect with any muzzle brake…because….science (I don’t think I need to explain the particulars here too much).

Just know, the side blast is going to be relatively strong.

If this is a problem for you, VG6 makes a cage device that will help reduce side blast. Its called the VG6 Cage Device.

vg6 cage device
The VG6 cage device helps VG6 Gamma side blast.

If you are someone that’s working in tandem, maybe as part of gun coursework or training, this might be a decent addition for you. However, if you are shooting alone, or at a range with space, I’m not sure this is an effective or logical expenditure.

Simply put, muzzle brakes are going to have side blast. That should be the expectation. Its how they accomplish recoil and barrel rise reduction.


The VG6 Gamma 556 muzzle brake is great solution for both recoil management and negotiating barrel rise. The 2-chamber style side ports help stave off almost all felt recoil. The slits on top will do a great job keeping your scope, red dot, or iron sites, on target. Its lightweight is also a benefit to the balance of your barrel.

The VG6 Gamma will improve your shooting on subsequent shots.

Author: Jim Satney

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